Posted Date: 05/12/2018
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Know Your Wood Burning Stove

A wood burning stove is a good source to heat your medium-sized home. In the mountainous and snowy regions, most of the household residents use wood burning appliances as home heaters. These hearths are affordable, efficient and easy to use.

Choosing the right kind of firewood is tricky. There are several types of wood that produce various amounts of heat. The dry and properly seasoned wood provides more heat in a short time than the green wet wood.

In the starting chemical reaction, the entire heat goes for vaporizing the water content of the wood. Hence, the less presence of water in the wood, the more quickly the heat production will be. Besides, hardwood burns longer than the softwood variety. Trees like red and white oak, sugar maple, hickory, and yellow birch have high heat value. Species like aspen, redwood, hemlock, and cottonwood have low heat value.

The wood burning stove can work for several hours without any break. But, you need to check it from time to time. Especially, during the night you have to chuck in more logs into the hearth. If you don’t do it, you have to wake up in the cold morning shivering.

Get ready as the wood-burning stoves leave piles of ash after burning. Your wood burning stove can be the main appliance for your evening and night party as you can roast chicken, turkey, marsh-mellow etc. on it.

You may not have to buy the wood too if you have your own garden where you can find the firewood. While interviewing the common people, most of them have shown their concern on the frequent feeding of the stove. At one point in time you will love your wood burner, and at another point in time you may hate it due to the hard work needed.

Wood burning is a complex chemical reaction. At the beginning of the combustion process, the remaining water of the wood evaporates. When the temperature reaches 500 degrees Fahrenheit, chemical breakdown starts. At this particular point, volatile gases are formed. Furthermore, whenever the temperature reaches 1,100 degrees Fahrenheit, the smoke and the gases that are generated from the chemical reaction will burn if there is the presence of enough oxygen with which they are supposed to react. The remaining charcoal from the reaction will burn over 1, 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

You have other ways to burn the volatile gases and the smoke even without increasing the wood’s temperature to the 1,100 degrees. Few stoves have the catalyst placed inside that generates the smoke for burning at a lower temperature of 600 degrees Fahrenheit.

The stoves that have non-catalytic style make use of the circulating air for efficient burning of the gases and the smoke. These stoves are more user-friendly as compared to the catalytic ones. The non-catalytic stoves are easy to maintain.

The catalytic stoves burn wood in a slow manner at a lower temperature as compared to the non-catalytic stoves. That is why the catalytic stoves are in demand.

Creosote gathering block the flue, resist proper circulation and is extremely flammable. Creosote is sticky in nature. Multiple ways are there for preventing fire outburst. You can keep the flue warm (over 250 degrees Fahrenheit). The temperature above this point appears to be too hot for the creosote condensation on the inner side of the chimney line.

You can attain the highest heating efficiency on the closes devices through control of the different air supplies to the wood burning stove. You can take help of the owner’s manuals that are supplied with the new item. Completely open air controls result in more heat that is being passed straight up the chimney flue instead of the room. Now, the biggest trouble with keeping the air controls totally open on the stoves is none other than overfiring.

Overfiring occurs when excessive heat is produced within the fire chamber that can generate buckling, warping and other damages to your stove.

The good news is that modern building techniques have given rise to airtight houses. The stoves manufacturers are making stoves that can allow outside air intakes that enhance the overall productivity of the stove. Even the parts of the stoves are provided in the retail shops.

Your wood burning stove will live longer and render fair service if taken care professionally from time to time.


Adrice White is an experienced chimney sweep working in England. He takes an interest in writing articles on chimney sweeping. He has been into this field for the last 10 years.


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Publish On:  05/12/2018
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